What types of Postgraduate Research can I apply for?
Learning outcomes at Level 9 (whether by research or otherwise) relate to the demonstration of knowledge and understanding which is at the forefront of a field of learning. The outcomes relate to the application of knowledge, understanding and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar contexts related to a field of study. The outcomes are associated with an ability to integrate knowledge, handle complexity and formulate judgements. Outcomes associated with Level 9 would link with employment as a senior professional or manager with responsibility for the work outputs of teams. Students for the Degree of Master by Research will be expected to acquire a mastery of the principles and theory underlying their chosen subject and a knowledge and appreciation of the relevant literature.
The CIT Master's degree will also include a structured taught element to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of the proposed research. This will consist, at a minimum, of a 5 credit Core Research Skills module. Students may complete up to a maximum of 15 credits of approved learning in the form of relevant transferrable skills modules, discipline-specific modules, and work placement or other professional learning. This should be agreed beforehand with the student's Graduate Supervisory Panel and be included in the student's Personal Development Plan.
Doctor Of Philosophy
Learning outcomes at Doctoral Level 10 relate to the discovery and development of new knowledge and skills through original research, or original application of existing knowledge, and the delivery of findings at the frontiers of knowledge and application that are of publishable standard in peer-reviewed literature or by equivalent peer review through performance or exhibition. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme always involves the advancement of knowledge through original research, in which the student demonstrates outstanding scholarship and ability. It involves an individual programme of research leading to the submission of a doctoral thesis describing a coherent body of original work by the student. The thesis comprises a written dissertation, which may be accompanied by a portfolio or supporting artefacts, and is defended at an oral examination. Through it, the candidate must demonstrate that he/she has conducted original, independent research and has a broad knowledge of a particular field of study and a comprehensive knowledge of the specialist area upon which their research is focused.
All doctorates in CIT are structured with the following key characteristics:
(a) The core component of a structured PhD programme is the advancement of knowledge through original research; at the same time the structured PhD is designed to meet the needs of an employment market that is wider than academia;
(b) A high quality research experience, training and output consistent with international norms and best practice;
(c) To support the original research activity, the following elements are included:
• a formalised integrated programme of education, training and personal and professional development activities
• the development of disciplinespecific knowledge, research skills and generic/transferable skills
• declared outcomes and graduate attributes in line with national and international best practice